Thursday, December 29, 2005

DETAIL (Smiley's)

A close-up image of my latest painting titled "Smiley's."

(Click on the picture for a bigger view)

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DETAIL (Smiley's)

The person on the medallion sign is Captain Skyeler... named after the second son of Raymund and Suzette! (My bro&sis-in-law).
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DETAIL (Smiley's)

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SMILEY'S - finished!

Finally, the painting is done. To make the elements more cohesive, I changed the streamer's proposal to an ad for Smiley's... saves me from painting a man proposing to his girlfriend.

This is one of the most challenging painting I did to date. I always strive to improve my craft and push myself to create a more superior work than the last. Perhaps the work I created before my last breath will be my best. Posted by Picasa


Painted more people on the water.

The question I'm frequently asked, is it hard to paint people? Of course it is... unless you paint them in the "abstract" style, you see them from afar but not on close-up.
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Painted the people enjoying the outdoor cafe. Posted by Picasa


Added a floating platform, put in the details on the background houses, and a plane carrying a "proposal." Posted by Picasa


Notice I changed the perspective of the Red House... to cover the tracks I painted a trellis. Posted by Picasa


New Painting titled "SMILEY'S"
Acrylic on Canvas size 24"X30"

This place is a fiction of my imagination... hatched from a mind always yearning for the ideal.

Enjoy viewing my work. Thank you for visiting! Posted by Picasa

Wednesday, December 28, 2005

Darwin Awards

Yes, it's that magical time of the year again when the Darwin Awards are bestowed, honoring the least evolved among us. Here then, are the glorious winners:

1. When his 38-caliber revolver failed to fire at his intended victim during a hold-up in Long Beach, California, would-be robber James Elliot did something that can only inspire wonder. He peered down the barrel and tried the trigger again. This time it worked.....

And now, the honorable mentions:

2. The chef at a hotel in Switzerland lost a finger in a meat-cutting machine and, after a little shopping around, submitted a claim to his insurance company. The company expecting negligence sent out one of its men to have a look for himself. He tried the machine and he also lost a finger. The chef's claim was approved.

3. A man who shoveled snow for an hour to clear a space for his car during a blizzard in Chicago returned with his vehicle to find a woman had taken the space. Understandably, he shot her.

4. After stopping for drinks at an illegal bar, a Zimbabwean bus driver found that the 20 mental patients he was supposed to be transporting from Harare to Bulawayo had escaped. Not wanting to admit his incompetence, the driver went to a nearby bus stop and offered everyone waiting there a free ride. He then delivered the passengers to the mental hospital, telling the staff that the patients were very excitable and prone to bizarre fantasies The deception wasn't discovered for 3 days.

5. An American teenager was in the hospital recovering from serious head wounds received from an oncoming train. When asked how he received the injuries, the lad told police that he was simply trying to see how close he could get his head to a moving train before he was hit.

6. A man walked into a Louisiana Circle-K, put a $20 bill on the counter, and asked for change. When the clerk opened the cash drawer, he man pulled a gun and asked for all the cash in the register, which the clerk promptly provided. The man took the cash from the clerk and fled, leaving the $20 bill on the counter. The total amount of cash he got from the drawer...$15. (If someone points a gun at you and gives you money, is a crime committed?)

7. Seems an Arkansas guy wanted some beer pretty badly. He decided that he'd just throw a cinderblock through a liquor store window, grab some booze, and run. So he lifted the cinderblock and heaved it over his head at the window. The cinderblock bounced back and hit the would-be thief on the head, knocking him unconscious. The liquor store window was made of Plexiglas. The whole event was caught on videotape.

8. As a female shopper exited a New York convenience store, a man grabbed her purse and ran. The clerk called 911 immediately, and the woman was able to give them a detailed description of the snatcher. Within minutes, the police apprehended the snatcher. They put him in the car and drove back to the store. The thief was then taken out of the car and told to stand there for a positive ID. To which he replied, "Yes, officer, that's her. That's the lady I stole the purse from."

9. The Ann Arbor News crime column reported that a man walked into a Burger King in Ypsilanti, Michigan, at 5 a.m., flashed a gun, and demanded cash. The clerk turned him down because he said he couldn't open the cash register without a food order. When the man ordered onion rings, the clerk said they weren't available for breakfast. The man, frustrated, walked away.


10. When a man attempted to siphon gasoline from a motor home parked on a Seattle street, he got much more than he bargained for. Police arrived at the scene to find a very sick man curled up next to a motor home near spilled sewage. A police spokesman said that the man admitted to trying to steal gasoline and plugged his siphon hose into the motor home's sewage tank by mistake. The owner of the vehicle declined to press charges, saying that it was the best laugh he'd ever had.

Saturday, December 17, 2005

Picture of the Day

<---Davinci, the artist cat! Posted by Picasa

Smile of the Day:

A Sunday School teacher began her lesson with a question "Boys and girls, what do we know about God?"

A hand shot up in the air. "He is an artist!" said the kindergarten boy.

"Really? How do you know?" the teacher asked.

"You know - Our Father, who does art in Heaven..."

Wednesday, November 23, 2005

"The Chase"

This is me with my entry to the Pacific Salmon Conservation Stamp Art Competition. (Click on the picture for a bigger view)

Unfortunately, this painting didn't win... what a big disappointment! 8^( However, there is next year's competition... unless I have completely given up.

Till the next project.... thanks for visiting.

"The Chase" - My entry to 2006-2007 Pacific Salmon Conservation Stamp Art Competition

I added 2 more little fish... giving them a fighting chance of escape... nature is now balanced, I guess. I know viewers will feel better with this picture.

Did some more tweaking with the light and shadows... piled on more details on the rocks (STOP! Please stop... PLEEEEEEZE!!!).

Finally signed it... DONE! Posted by Picasa

This is the fun part... putting in the details.

The most challenging part is painting the scales... there is a pattern flow at the same time the grayish green shade moves from dark to light in specific parts.

This could be the finished work, but for my wife's comments... my worst critic. Have you ever heard of the term "poor fish?" Posted by Picasa
The salmon is first "primed" or painted in white then some grays for the later details.

Meanwhile I go crazy putting on more details and colors on the rocks... since these are free forms I have complete freedom, and also the danger of going overboard! Posted by Picasa
I sketched out the shape of the salmon on a separate sheet of paper, when I was satisfied with the size and proportion, it is then transferred unto the canvas. Posted by Picasa
Added a fallen branch... the dark element for contrast. Posted by Picasa

The Chase (Subject: Salmon)

I'm using acrylic paint on canvas. I started painting the background with a light wash covering the entire surface. Posted by Picasa

Tuesday, November 22, 2005

Painting's Done!

A commissioned artwork for an avid art collector... a story of summer days spent in Betula Beach... a time and place filled with love and wonderful memories. I'm so honored to record it in a painting that will be passed down through the generations as a treasured family heirloom. Thank you! Posted by Picasa


Check out those cool toys... Honda ATV's!

Curious skunk: "What are those girls thinking?!?"

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Summer fun at the lake!
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Popcorn time at the fire pit... and look Ma, leaping goldfish! Posted by Picasa

Tuesday, November 15, 2005

Day 11
That brick "wall" bothered me no end... there's no alternative but to re-do it! Now it has a better perspective and that makes me feel much better!

Notice the pigeon hawks and their nest with chicks in the tree. One summer those hawks terrorized the family. Posted by Picasa
Day 8
Well, I think the big tree looks great! Can't believe the many days spent worrying about it.

Finished the brick platform and my son Kirby commented that it looks like a wall. Well, excuse me... my work has that "naive" look and I think it fits right in; besides, it took me one whole afternoon painting it! Posted by Picasa
Day 5
A bit of trepidation regarding the big spruce tree that is about to cover part of the house. Hmmmm... have to proceed with caution... if the spruce size or shape is not perfect there's no way to correct it but re-do the entire house! That's 4 day's work down the drain. Posted by Picasa

Project: Betula

Day 1 of painting "A Day at Betula Beach"

Acrylic paint on Canvas
Image size 30" x 24" Posted by Picasa